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Week in Review: Local Nonprofits, Businesses Help With Sandy Relief

Also in the week's news, new police chief named; beach replenishment plan approved.

Take look back at the week's top news and some headlines you may have missed.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief

T-Shirts Sold to Help Deliver Christmas to Young Sandy Victims
North Sea couple and California surfwear designer begin SewLastYear.com for Sandy relief in Long Beach.

Sandy Relief Group Aiding Victims Any Way It Can
Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund provides Superstorm Sandy victims with everything they need, from helping hands to space heaters and birthday cakes.

Hamptons Mobile Detailing Giving to Disaster Relief Efforts
Auto detailing service will donate 50 percent of the retail price to American Red Cross Disaster Relief through February.

Free Well Testing Offered for Sandy Affected Properties
Suffolk County Water Authority will test private wells.

Fire District Elections


Bridgehampton Fire District election set for Dec. 11.


Brian Cooke and John Washabaugh unopposed.

Southampton Town Board

Robert Pearce Unanimously Named Police Chief
Southampton Town Police Captain Robert Pearce was promoted to chief Tuesday evening in a 5-0 vote of the Town Board. Pearce's swearing in is scheduled for Dec. 6, five days after the retirement of current Chief William Wilson takes effect. Pearce has been acting in the capacity of chief after Wilson announced Nov. 6 that he would retire.


After the final public hearings Tuesday, the Southampton Town Board unanimously approved a plan issue 10-year bonds for $24 million to renourish beaches from Water Mill to Sagaponack, according to The Sag Harbor Express.

Town Board Hears From Public on Tuckahoe Center Impact
The public had a chance to weigh in Tuesday at a scoping session on what potential environmental impacts a proposed zoning change could have if approved in Tuckahoe — and opinions were mixed. The application calls for changing 7.26 acres along County Road 39 —  currently zoned Highway Business and Residential — into a Shopping Center Business zone, to allow for a shopping center anchored by a supermarket, dubbed Tuckahoe Center.


Scores of residents whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy crowded into the David W. Crohan Community Center in Flanders Thursday night for an informational session with a Federal Emergency Management Administration team and Southampton Town officials. The meeting, the first of its kind organized by a municipality, was organized by Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who contacted FEMA immediately after the storm and asked if representatives could come to the area and meet with residents firsthand.

Long Island Power Authority

Letter: Would Fixing LIPA Make a Difference?
Energy consultant says problems at the utility may run too deep.

LIPA Chairman Resigns
Lawyer Howard Steinberg, a trustee since 1999, now the fourth LIPA leader to leave after Superstorm Sandy.

Two More Exit LIPA After Sandy Failures
Customer service vice president Bruce Germano and trustee X. Cristofer Damianos call it quits after the utility's response to the superstorm.

 

Politics

The Election Success of Ken LaValle
Report takes a look at the long history of Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle's life in politics.

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Zoning Board Chair Resigns
Gayle Pickering steps down effective Dec. 31, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

Crime

Cops: Brawl at 75 Main Spills Onto Street
A fight broke out at Main Street restaurant 75 Main early Sunday, resulting in a number of injuries but no arrests just yet, according to Southampton Village police. The 911 call reporting a "large fight" in front of 75 Main came at 3:05 a.m., police said. The fighting had begun inside the restaurant, which was holding an 18-and-over event, and spilled out onto the street, according to police. Village police said that both Southampton Town and New York State police were called in to help disperse a crowd of more than 200 people, many who were involved in fighting.

Cops: Drunk Driver Arrested After 100MPH Chase
Kyle B. Ballou charged with DWI, reckless driving and unlawfully fleeing police.

Village Police Log: 2 From Rehab Center Arrested
Southampton Village police assist New York State attorney general's office with arrests.

Crimes Nearby: Riverhead Trio Arrested Following Armed Robberies
Also on the East End recently, an East Hampton man charged with beating a Bridgehampton man with a belt.

Incident Reports: 3 Drivers Flee 3 Accidents
Also reported in Southampton Town, 150 gallons of fuel oil stolen in Southampton.

Town Police Log: Lindenhurst Man Pulled Over With Drugs
Also among the week's arrests by Southampton Town police, several charged with driving while intoxicated.

Obituaries

Southampton High School Junior Mourned
Emilio Padilla-Berrezueta died Monday evening.

Broadway Producer Marty Richards Dies
Richards owned homes on Southampton Village's Gin Lane.

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DEC Closes Horseshoe Harvest
Horseshoe crabbing cut off indefinitely.

Parrish Curator Named Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow
Prestigious fellowship awarded to Andrea Grover.

Fire Outside Southampton Hospital Extinguished
Chris Brenner, a captain with the Southampton Fire Department, said that firefighters were called at 9:16 a.m. to Southampton Hospital on a report of a fire. Firefighters arrived under the direction of Chief Rodney Pierson, and quickly put out the fire, which was outside of the building on the Meeting House Lane side, according to Brenner. “They were able to knock it down within minutes,” he said, adding that while the fire did not get inside the building, smoke did.

Local Business Says Its Ice Melter 'Beets' the Rest
East End Organics uses beet juice in products for melting ice and snow.


Quarter of a million cubic yards being transported to Tiana, and beaches west of the Shinnecock Inlet; another 113,000 proposed.

Schneiderman Lauds Approved County Budget
Legislator Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, says 2013 budget is good for the East End.

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